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How To Turn Off Vista's Useless Junk And Speed Up Your PC

Updated on March 20, 2011

There are over 100 background services running in Vista. Most of them do nothing but slow you down!

Any frequent reader of my Hubs knows that I am far from Windows Vista's greatest fan. I may actually be one of the loudest and most persistent critics of this misbegotten excuse for an operating system (OS).

I am currently receiving a measure of vindication as more and more people are finding stubborn and often insurmountable problems with drivers, applications, and worst of all, the sheer sluggishness of this monstrous OS which requires a jaw-dropping 15GB of free hard drive space just to install. And if you ever want to uninstall it, you're better off just reformatting the disk or you'll be weeks just trying to put all the pieces back together.

There are well over a hundred services inside Vista's innards, and most of them do absolutely nothing for the common, average user other than slow down his PC to a crawl and require outrageous amounts of hard drive space, RAM and CPU cycles. If you are even remotely considering using Vista, you had better have an uncle in the PC business as you're going to require a system with some truly massive power. All the people who think that just because their Centrino 512MB RAM laptop has a sticker that says it's "Vista Ready" that you'll actually be able to do something with it. Lots of luck!

There is so much sheer unadulterated trash gumming up the works on Vista that the average, normal user is truly well off by just turning the vast majority of it off. The readers of my Hubs are not generally the top multinational enterprise administrator types, but regular men and women who just use their computers for everyday common uses. I can assure you that well over 99% of these readers do not have any need whatsoever for the following Windows Vista services running all the time and turning your speedy computer into a mud bog slogger:

  • Infrared Monitor Service
  • KTMRM for Distributed Transaction Coordinator
  • Network Access Protection Agent
  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol
  • Pen Service
  • PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator Service
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Remote Registry
  • Secondary Logon
  • SL UI Notification Service
  • SSDP Discover Service
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • UPnP Device Host
  • Virtual Disk
  • WebClient
  • Windows Management Instrumentation
  • Windows Media Center Extender Service
  • WinHTTP WebProxy AutoDiscovery Service
  • and let's not even mention Aero! (Gag!)

These are the ones that can be easily terminated in common, everyday scenarios and you'd never miss them for an instant. However, there is a really great resource over at Black Viper. It lists every single service that runs on every flavor of Vista and which ones can be terminated and under what situations. It also gives you specific and easy to follow instructions on how to do that! Turning many of these off will make your system fast and responsive again. If you were stupid enough to buy Vista, do something smart for a change! Go check out that website and start turning off all that useless OS junk!

 

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      CHARLTON 5 years ago

      I am computer stupid at 76 yrs old, but when I opened my laptop to communicate with family & up came a lot of trash (to me, at least), I flippped (which I never do anymore). How do I get into my PC without all this hogwash? Please, someone, please!

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      jezamae 5 years ago

      Hi - very helpful article, thank you for that. I voted. :) If you are still accepting questions/comments... Apparently I'm running Vista 32, but under Local Drive and in Drivers, there are two folders - Vista, and Vista64. Can I delete Vista64 since my system isn't running that? Or will I do some damage? Thanks for any advice you can offer. Going to Black Viper NOW!! :)

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      Dahlke 5 years ago

      ehere can i find a big bus to throw this damm computer under?? i think i will just go back to land line??

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      Vista Problems 5 years ago

      Vista problems are so annoying and frequent! I wish they would upgrade everyone to Windows 7 for FREE! This site has helped me out with a lot of my vista issues! Check em out!

      http://www.VistaProblems.com

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      giog 5 years ago

      i. am mad af

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      Business Support 6 years ago

      Mrs Campbell - possibly. Try installing the smallest driver package you can, not the full application suite.

      Vista may stink, but the real pain is the shutting down of support for XP - that bastion of business computing world-wide.

      April 2014 will be a sad month for many.

      its4biz.co.uk

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      Mrs. Campbell 6 years ago

      I use Windows Vista and have just installed my new HP LaserJer P1102w printer. The new hardware works fine, but despite installing a Microsoft XPS Document Writer as suggested by HP my laptop still takes longer to boot up than it did pre-printer. Without the Document Writer it was threatening to not boot up at all.

      Will any laptop take longer to boot if a printer is installed please? Do excuse my ignorance!

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      Bbear 6 years ago

      Am I the only person on the face of the planet for whom Vista has operated effectively, after about ten minutes of system tweaking?

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      BC 6 years ago

      it was brand new in 09 too.

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      BC 6 years ago

      I have Vista and I only really have my computer to play games on (that in mind, I don't have loads on, just the normal amount) but it won't play games from 2002 and I got my computer in 2009.

      Rubbish

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      johndoe99 6 years ago

      i have an old mp4 player that was only compatible with Vista, (would not work on XP), so could not at files, my laptop was a centrino 512mb, so i installed vista and followed your tips. Thanks a lot now work superb

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      Y Moreault 6 years ago

      Why not a classs action for refund and damages against the Gates Gang by all those who paid for this Vista piece of junk?

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Win 7 Rules. Period.

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I have vista on my laptop and hate it. XP was so much better. Everything is so slow it drives me mad

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      brino 7 years ago

      Warning: Disabling these services prevents the installation of Microsoft Office 2010!!

      I disabled the services listed above in my Windows 7 which was performing very poorly. It did improve general speed. I then attempted several times to install Office 2010 but I got the following error every time "There was a problem setting up Microsoft Office 2010...". I renabled all the services I'd altered and the install worked.

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      someguy 7 years ago

      I wish all OS's would do what vista did, weed out the retards... people need to learn how to setup their systems. You adjust the seat in a new car when you get in it to fit you don't you? Or do you just drive around with your face stuck in the winshield complaining about how unconfortable the brand of car is?

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      Nitro 7 years ago

      Well for all of you vista haters know this...XP is on its way out and if you dont like vista upgrade your machines....This is nothing new you should be used to it by now. quit complaining and upgrade your computers memory and processors...Or hang on to Xp by the skin of your teeth until forced into another operating system. Besides the majority of bugs are worked out of vista now...It just took years to do it!!!! Now that all of the market testing is done you should be able to enjoy it....Nitro

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Er... what download? Black Viper is a website.

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      bobbie 7 years ago

      I didn't see one person who said they downloaded this fixer and their computer ran better...just a lot of complaints about Vista so for now I will not download this supposed fixer..

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Huh? Which Hub are you reading?

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      Registry Cleaner 8 years ago

      A very informative read, glad I found it. Will definitely tell others. One question though, out of the 5 free cleaners you listed, which one is your favorite?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you very much for the kind words, I really appreciate your comments! :)

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      jonty 8 years ago

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      gerbil, it's obvious that on a system such as my Core i7 920 with 12 GB of RAM Vista's horrific overheads are not obvious, but not everyone in the world is running systems like this. Windows 7 shows how Microsoft can create an OS that works equally well on virtually any system around today, and there is no excuse for the paunchy misbegotten POS that Vista was, especially pre-SP1.

      Carmen Borthwick: In many cases RAM is the magic bullet. Just throw more RAM at any PC and watch it soar! Thanks! :)

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      Carmen Borthwick 8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Hey Hal,

      I had more RAM installed in my laptop, just so I didn't have to wait for an eternity to accomplish even something minor. My husband's been looking for ways to uninstall junk for a long time so thanks for the tips and links.

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      gerbil 8 years ago

      Why does everyone hate vista? It doesn't AT ALL bog down my computer even with all the crap installed. Then again...

      Im running on a phenomII 955, With 4 gigs of ram, And you people are running on pieces of crap computers that you expect vista to run on.

      Since vista was released in 2007, YOU CANT HAVE A COMPUTER WITH 512 RAM RUNNING IT GOOD. That was the standard for way back in 2003.

      If you buy a prebuilt computer for more than 500 dollars that has 512 ram, You most likely got ripped off.

      Anyway Great article man. Did all this stuff on my computer. Works better than it did. I love it even more now. :D

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      You're welcome! :)

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      stormskeep 8 years ago

      Very useful information thank you a whole bunch!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks!

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      SPeck 8 years ago

      Great tips. There's nothing more annoying that unknown programs running in the background that slow you down.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! :)

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      James Radford 8 years ago

      good article.. Just upgraded and although its all good now I keep hearing how Vista won't take long to start slowing down.

      cheers

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Sorry, psyche. I can't publish profanity. Please restate your comment in a family friendly format.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Read my Hub on Google Chrome OS:

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Google-Chrome-OS-T...

      and you'll change your mind. It's nothing but a Linux distro that only runs a browser. Big deal! :)

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      Fake Steve Ballmer 8 years ago

      Thanks, Hal! I admit that I do like Vista but sometimes the programs do crash on me... I just freed my computer of 10GB of disk space and it's running smoother. Can't wait for Windows 7. If I get a laptop, I'm gonna have to install the Se7en RC or Linux or just wait for the Google Chrome OS...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! :)

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      MSKing 8 years ago

      Hal - great info

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Depending on where you bought it, call them up and read them the riot act. Tell them that you're very unhappy with the delay and for compensation they can re-date the invoice so you qualify for W7. Might work!

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      Thanks Hal. Unfortunately I bought it before June 26 but it STILL hasn't been delivered so maybe I can make some kind of case for getting the invoice post-dated!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Vista SP1 has fixed a lot of the incredibly stupid problems that the initial version was damned with, but it's still way too big an OS to run on most lower end computers. Even with all the problems, I wouldn't downgrade from Vista to XP on a new PC. I know that there are some people who do that, but if your PC is even somewhat capable you're really better off not to. When did you buy your PC? If you can show that it was June 26 or later, you can get Windows 7 absolutely free in October. Now that is definitely the way to go. W7 is fantastic! And even if your invoice is after that date, Microsoft is preselling W7 at half price until July 11. Get it now. you won't be sorry! :)

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      I'm assuming (from the recent comments) that Vista hasn't improved one iota in the last 2 years? I'm waiting delivery of a new PC which has Vista installed (no choice). I had XP on my old machine so I could possibly uninstall Vista and install XP, though I'm a bit scared to embark on that as I'm not a techie person. Do you think it's bad enough that it would be worth going through the pain of doing that?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I've used XP 64 bit and now Vista 64 bit as I have 12 GB RAM, and it's an absolute revelation. I'm counting the days until the W7 launch. The half price deal is a bit overwrought, however, as I plan on getting an RTM in about a month. I need Microsoft's support like I need (another) hole in my head, so it works out fine for me! :)

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      sibaja_software 8 years ago from Italy

      We have hope now. Windows 7 is available for pre-order at 50% until July 11th. It promises to be faster, lower CPU usage, take advantage of 64bits CPUs and (gulp!) be more reiliable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Staci, Vista is going to be to around long after Windows 7's debut. Microsoft has announced that it will distribute Vista until at least January 2011, finally ending mainstream support by April 2012. What's interesting is that there are some rumors that XP may be supported after that date which would be very strange given the fact that XP was released several years before Vista. But I guess it speaks to XP's popularity! :)

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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hal, when my IBM Thinkpad hard drive died, I decided the best thing to do was to replace the hard drive instead of purchasing a new computer, since the computer came with the Windows XP OS and i could just have it reinstalled.  There was no way I was going to pay for a new computer and possibly be forced to have Vista over XP.  I know some laptop models offer you a choice between Vista and XP now. 

      Do you happen to know whether Microsoft is going to scrap Vista entirely when it releases its newest OS?  Staci

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hi, Sue. Thanks for the update! Turning off the router is always a good policy. Disconnect it from the electricity socket entirely and wait for a couple of minutes, then plug it back in. I appreciate your information!

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      Sue 8 years ago

      Hello Hal,

      I still have´nt got the remedy for Wan Miniport but it seems that if your Internet keeps going off and you mess around with that repair Ip thing on the bottom of the Bar thats where the problem can start. So one day just by sheer luck I reckon we managed to get rid of it by messing around with the repair Ip thing. Moral of the Story if your Internet keeps going off just switch off your Router and let it redo itself. DONT mess with the repair Ip if you have Windows Vista like riding a bucking bronco believe you me.

      Have a great Summer all.

      Sue.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Let's hope and pray that Bozo Ballmer does something right and offers the rumored FREE UPGRADE TO 7 to recent buyers of PCs with Vista installed. I'd take him up on that right away!

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      Reed Talonario 8 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Personally, I didn't want Vista but when I was buying, nothing else was being offered.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I've played around with the W7 beta. Yes, it's entire orders of magnitude better than Vista. There is still room for improvement, however, and it still isn't in the class of the latest OS-X, but overall, it's great!

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      The Real World 8 years ago

      Will Windows 7 be any better?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Although I can't agree with you that the Vista rollout was responsible for Bill Gates' "retirement", I do agree with you that Vista is a very poor OS. However, it's still better than Windows ME and Bob! :)

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      andre 8 years ago

      vista should be against the law. a complete piece of sh*t. gates jumped ship because micrsoft put that garbage out to make money, forced people to buy it, and it is worse than any prior os. i know what im talking about.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I haven't seen those ads, but I suspect that they're overclocking the CPUs. Vista is dead as a doornail. Windows 7 should be coming out late this year and it is a real zoomer! I can hardly wait! :)

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      I noticed in the Sunday retail ads that Best Buy will speed up your new PC purchase for an additional $40. Shouldn't your new PC run great right out of the box? Why is Vista such a bulky pain, and when is MS going to configure it for speed on their end so we don't have to?

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      sciencewithme 8 years ago

      Nice hub. I will do these steps to a friends laptop to speed it up. If they work to my satisfaction than I will once again purchasing a PC for the laptop I am considering. At this point it is going to be a MacBook but they do cost more.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      joeblow, Hubbers have NO CONTROL over the ads that are placed on their pages, so believe me, I wouldn't want to advertise Vista. As to how to accomplish these fixes, just follow the link in the article to very detailed, exhaustive, and up to date pages of instructions.

      newsworthy, steer away from Vista if you can. By all means experiment with the Windows 7 beta. A far superior OS.

      Billrrrr, Vista has its supporters and its detractors. I will firmly remain among the countless millions of PC users who have tried Vista and detested it.

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      Bill Russo 8 years ago from Cape Cod

      As someone who has owned just about every computer from the Timex Sinclair, TI 99, VIC, C64, Amiga, Apple, Mac up to my current Sony VAIO....I can truly say that Vista is EXCELLENT. Stop bashing it. It is not bad..just new. Each successive system does leave some good features behind but also brings new features. I was really sad when we went from Windows 3.5 to Windows 95 but I got used to it. Vista bashers will get used to it by the time it is replaced with something else....then they can bash the next 'new' OS.

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      newsworthy 8 years ago

      Thanks for posting this. I cant hub very well with what Im working with and I am in market for a new machine.  Surely I wont be stupid enough to buy Vista. :-)  

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      joeblow 8 years ago

      is pretty good to talk about all the is wrong with vista, and then to get paid for advertizing it at the bottom of this page, u say we should shut down all the services in ur forum that u suggest, but not anywhere in this forum is anything saying how to do this. lol at least have the guts to tell us how..................

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I tend to agree with your conspiracy theory. After all, I really can't see any reason whatsoever why Windows 7 (let alone Vista) is going to be any better than Windows 98 SE. I know people that are still running that OS brilliantly! :)

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      sean.rutger 8 years ago from USA

      Great post, thanks for reminding me: I haven't bothered to crawl through the services and disable all the useless stuff since I bought my Vista machine. I remember when Black Viper went down a few years ago... I'm glad it's back! Maybe this is the conspiracy nut in me, but I really believe that selling a bloated OS to people who don't know how to optimize results in more system sales over time (as those people replace their "slow" computers), which in turn results in more OS sales. Devious!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Arkan, as this is a family friendly site, I'm entering your comment with censure:

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      Everybody says that we should move on and get on with the latest advancement in technology: Windows Vista. But what if the "latest advancement in technology" actually brought us backwards?

      It's only economy. When you can't afford 64 gigabytes of memory, would you? Of course not.

      Microsoft is always making things more complex. For instance, look at the IE 8 beta 2. It has the Compability Mode. Sites won't view correctly without it. Now ask yourself. Why don't they just repair the CENSORED engine? Dahh.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Mr. E-Tutor, Windows Seven is the next generation and it is expected in about a year. The jury seems to be out on the current beta as it seems to still carry a bit of Vista's baggage and is skewed far more than I would like towards touchscreen and voice recognition, which I need like a hole in the head.

      rajakrsnan, thanks! Good luck!

      Shirley Anderson, half a Gig of RAM on Vista is like trying to compete in a Formula 1 race on a skateboard. I have several PCs, and one of them is a dual core with 2GB or RAM, and it's still not quite enough. The sweet spot right now for Vista 32 seems to be 3GB RAM, and when matched up with my quad core CPU, I am finally experiencing reasonable performance... at least somewhat close to XP, but with a far less capable computer.

      Vista was supposed to be a phenomenal system but the elimination of WinFS and other key features during the development process turned it into a huge slug.

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My laptop came with Vista and I didn't know any better. It takes about 5 minutes to boot up and longer to shut down, drives me crazy. The computer only came with 512 MB, which obviously isn't enough RAM. I have issues all the time - browser freezing, horrible response times from the sytem, always something. I curse a blue streak at it often, have even hit it in frustration. Whose bright idea was Vista, anyway? Bill Gates' joke before he left?

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      rajakrsnan 8 years ago from Bangalore

      good article. i had switched from vista to xp when i purchased my laptop. it used to get stuck in the middle of an simple task and that forced me to move out to xp. may be i need to sit with the technicians and try to tell them what needs to be done. this article is an eye opener for me and how to make vista work for me the way i want it to be. thank you!

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      Mr. E-Tutor 8 years ago from New York

      Thanks! I needed this . . . Is there anything good about Vista? What about the new Windows they're working on - is there any info out on that?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I think that all the problems of Vista would fill an encyclopedia! :) Thanks!

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      Sue 8 years ago

      Sorry Hal I missed your Info about wan miniport wnen I can actually get rid of it thanks very much for your Info have visited your hubpages very nice. Somebody who know how to write should write an e-book about all these vista problems they could probably make a fortune!!!. Well Hal here comes that dreaded mini port again now its once every two pages depends on the time of day and the speed of this computer which is very very very slow I´m not kidding when I say that.

      Will Post on your own blog with the answer if I get to resolve it.

      In the meantime everyone hope you all have a great thanksgiving this year have fun keep safe.

      Sue.xxx

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Dontae, even some more powerful PCs than the norm do slow down quite a bit when running Vista over XP. Granted, my 45nm Core 2 Quad Yorkfield with its 3 GB RAM is able to tackle that OS, but anything much less capable than that current state of the art does experience significant trouble.

      Starscream14, Windows 7 does look to be a major improvement over Vista and it might be out by the end of 2009. We can only hope and pray! :)

      6 pack abs, Vista will be much happier with the more CPU horsepower and RAM volume you can throw at it.

      Sue, you have the evil WAN Miniport problem with Vista SP1. It's rather common. Here is the fix:

      Use the following commands to be carried out as the user Administrator (Run as Administrator) from Command prompt (cmd):netcfg -e -u ms_sstpminiport

      This will delete the WAN Miniport. If you want to install it again it should be on your network disks.

      You may have to find the course Hardware ID device from the Device Manager and selecting the Details tab-> Hardware IDs if it is not 'ms_sstpminiport' which is causing the problem.

      Let me know if that solves it! :)

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      Sue 8 years ago

      Hi All,

      This Vista system can reduce you to tears lol. For about 4 weeks now I have a window coming up and blocking the surfing which says wan mini port ppp o and all the blah blah blah anyone else with the same problem I tried uninstalling it (wan mini port) and it says I need Microsofts persmission hou do you like that?

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      6 pack abs 8 years ago

      Thanks Hal for the useful information. I have to laptops: one 2 years old running XP and a new one running Vista... I can't get along with Vista... So slow... Maybe with these information I'll start using more the new laptop.

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      Starscream14 8 years ago

      I think Vista will be great later on, in 2009 or 2010, and maybe till then Microsoft will upgrade it and make a better version...

      P.S. I love the picture with Bill Gates:)

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      Dontae 8 years ago

      Vista is great for most new computers that run multi-core cpus and at least a gb of ram. my pc runs 64-bit with a dual processor and 3gbs of ram and runs great. vista is majorly flawed due to the amount of processes always running. single cores will lag and die with vista. my moms laptop died on vista.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Er... love you too! :)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 8 years ago from Lagos

      YOur tips on speeding up a system is quite useful but also dangerous. I think not everybody can deal with installing and uninstalling or even formatting a hard disk. All the same, YOU did a great job. I will try it and see if my system will be a little faster. If possible, i will uninstall the Visita. Love you.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      adamjthompson: It's very interesting that you say that, as I have a two day old Q8200 Quad Core 2.3 GHz 45nm 3 GB RAM Dell right here. I've just timed Photoshop CS2 on Vista Home Premium at a 17 second launch. Hmm... I feel another computer & OS comparison coming up. I have NEVER experienced the performance that many people claim with Vista. It's always been a slug for me! :(

      healthgoji: I know of a guy who tried to install Vista Business on his Celeron notebook with 256MB RAM. He claims it DOES run... I don't believe him though! :)

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      healthgoji 8 years ago

      Excellent excellent information - especially for computers which are less than the latest and greatest.

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      adamjthompson 8 years ago

      No, just a Dell. But it's got 3GB of RAM and a quad core processor. It opens word in less than 2 seconds...Photoshop takes less than 3 seconds to load. Pretty sweet. :-P

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Do you have a Cray? :)

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      adamjthompson 8 years ago

      Good info. My computer is so powerful, though, it runs Vista without even blinking. :-)

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      I agree wholeheartedly. I have spent countless hours fixing what novice users screwed up by not having a clue what they're doing. Unless you are thoroughly qualified, try to find a quality geek with references in your area and entrust your PC's maintenance to them.

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      Jill 9 years ago from deep in the heart of Texas

      Everyone hates Vista. But most of us are not geekified enough to mess with it much. My computers hard drive croaked (just after the warranty expired of course). I had a new hard drive put in and it runs faster than it ever has although a few things dont work well or at all. Go figure. Unless you really know what you are doing I wouldn't mess with delicate tasks to get it running faster. You can kill your computer.

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks for all the kind words. I appreciate it. Hopefully Win7 will be here soon and Vista will only be a bad memory! :)

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      Stacie L 9 years ago

      wonderful advice! I was hesitating to buy a new pc because thet insist on selling it with Vista.

      i am trying to find someone who will take it off and install xp. I even went so far as to consider iMac!

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      Wow, is THIS a godsend or what?! Thanks!

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      Sandilyn 9 years ago from Port Orange, FL

      Good hub. I agree that there are a lot of programs out there that most people do not use.

      I am one of the few that love my vista. There are a few programs that I have removed but I do use a lot of those that you mentioned. I will say that I do like the new features of the Power Point. I give a lot of Presentations.

      There is one problem that I am having and that is hooking up a printer to it. My son and I are now trying a second printer and it isn't functioning yet!!!!

      Other than that I love my Vista!

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      poople 9 years ago

      I have Vista on my Laptop, when I first got it is was fine I was so intrigued about the Aero function. I've had my laptop for hmm...6 months and already it is starting to slow down. It was very gradual but ever since last week the gradual slow down has been very noticable as my parents also bought one too. And there's is lightiening fast (they bought it less than a month ago.) But anywways I turned off a whole bunch of stuff now it looks plain but is running faster=) Next time I buy a computer, I'm getting a Mac. I alswyas wanted one, and virsuses are non existent. Anyways, just thanking you until I throw this laptop out =)

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      jelpot 9 years ago

      first i hated vista as well as the most of you...wel but now i get used to it :Pa dual core and 2Gb are some minimum requirements i think...Sp1 did make al lot things good!and vista is pretty but i'm waiting for windows 7

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Hal, I was very interested to see this hub because, although I've had no problems, I'm always into speeding up my system. I have a new (refurbed) PC that I bought online at the Dell/Outlet website. It's an Inspiron 530 with an LCD wide-screen flat panel monitor - the Altec Lansing speakers I bought seperately. It came with Vista Home Premium installed. I was nervous because I'd heard so many horror stories, but I gotta tell you, I love it. I've had absolutely no problems at all.

      But, it can always be better, right? So, I looked for the "useless services" you listed above, intent on unchecking them, but they were nowhere to be found in my computer! What I DID uninstall was Roxio. It's a huge file which I've never used - I like Windows: Movie Maker, Media Canter, and Media Player. I also went to the website link you provided, but found nothing there I wasn't using.

      Are you sure those "useless services" are always a part of Vista?

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      Warren Bell 9 years ago

      Windows is the lousiest software ever written. It is impossible to do anything with it or find anything one needs in their own computer. Its impossible to get any answers on the internet, and Microsoft's answer is spend more money with them. No solutions only more questions. Bill Gates took the best computer system in the world and garbage canned it because they wouldn't sell it to him. Would that we could go back to some reality. Nough Said..... One of millions of unhappy users.

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      The only thing thats tottaly compatible with vista is a papper shredder!! Take out the disc and place in one and it works perfectly!!

      ;)

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      NateRider 9 years ago from Missouri

      I've run Windows Vista for more than a year now and my only problem with the OS was UAC (User Account Control). It seriously messed up some of the programs I run daily. However, when I bought a 2GB RAM upgrade and turned off UAC, my computer runs a lot faster and stronger than any other computer I've used. I can run near every program on my computer now and it still won't lock up.

      I understand that some people have had problems with the Vista OS, but they're already producing the next OS. Look up "Windows 7". Supposedly, they're starting from scrap and creating an entirely new OS.

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      Andrej 9 years ago

      I believe that there is a lot useless stuff in vista, but what about playing games. Unfortinatly Direct X10 is only available for vista. Do you think it make sence ti turn this stuff off while playing?

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I noticed that whenever I visit www.m-w.com (merriam webster's website), my firefox locks up. Not sure if it's firefox or vista, but I'd like to blame vista for it!

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      outdoorjunkie 9 years ago from California

      Fantastic... I have been using Vista for awhile and I hate it! Not only is it slow but to top it off the spooling service will randomly just stop working for no good reason.

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      Raven King 9 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great info!

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      Mega thanks for this info! Printing it out for my teen who could use it for his college PC :) Thanks!

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks. My computer (with Vista) has started to freeze up. Hope taking out some of the junk will help.

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      wrgentry 9 years ago

      This whole article is nonsense. I ran through my system services and most of the services listed aren't even running anyway. They are "manual" and currently "off".